Combining his passion for fly fishing, entrepreneurship and healthy food, our founder Grant Johnson discovered a farm for sale in Plymouth, Wisconsin. For over 65 years, this small farm had utilized a massive natural spring to raise healthy delicious Rainbow Trout. The plan was to grow these beautiful fish and sell them to consumers that cared about where their fish came from and how they were raised.
After many trips from their home in Ohio to visit the farm in Wisconsin and learning from other veteran trout farmers in the region, Grant and his wife Molly raised money from family and friends to purchase the farm with the hopes of expanding to other spring sources in the region to raise more premium fish in small batches.
At roughly the same time, a company was forming just west of the Mississippi in Rushford, Minnesota. Zach Lind had started a company called Driftless Fish and was quickly building incredible demand for his fish from the best restaurants in the Twin Cities. Unbeknownst to us, Driftless Trout was utilizing the same quality spring water and producing the same amazing Rainbow Trout as we were. In December of 2019, Plymouth Springs Fish Co. acquired Driftless Fish and focused on finding a home to process and smoke the fish.
Plymouth, Wisconsin has a rich history in processing and packaging of quality foods. With its proximity to Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago, Plymouth became the natural home for processing, smoking and packaging Driftless Rainbow Trout. Today, Driftless Trout continues to be at the center of what we do. As the premier fish smokehouse of the midwest, Plymouth Springs Fish Co. is the sole processor for Driftless Trout.
As our love for fish and seafood evolved, we launched our seafood market in June of 2020 out of the same building where we process and smoke the Driftless Trout. Plymouth Springs Fish Co. began sourcing other amazing seafood products specifically focused on USA fisheries that harvest and process in the United States.
By the fall of 2020 Trout Jerky was born! While our market offers amazing products such as Driftless Rainbow Trout, smoked trout spread, lobster rolls, smoked scallops, cold smoked salmon and more, our processing plant is focused on curing and smoking our irresistible Trout Jerky. These small packs of ready-to-eat snack-sized bites perfect for a hike, a car ride or just enjoying a cold beer!